Cruz: Let's repeal ‘every bloody word' of Obamacare
July 29th, 2014
05:23 PM ET
9 years ago

Cruz: Let's repeal ‘every bloody word' of Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday forcefully argued that Obamacare is not here to stay and pledged that he would continue working to dismantle the health care law in 2014 and 2016.

“I think those elections should be about many, many things,” the Texas Republican said, listing jobs and growth as examples. “But they should be about repealing every bloody word of Obamacare.”

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His remarks came in an address at a Washington conference hosted by the conservative group, Young America's Foundation.

Cruz was a key player in last year’s fight against the law and pushed his colleagues in Congress to try to defund Obamacare ahead of a looming spending deadline. The debate between Republicans and Democrats on the issue eventually resulted in a 16-day government shutdown.

Obamacare continued to roll out on January 1 of this year, despite some major hiccups with its website and some of its key provisions being delayed.

Cruz, who’s considering a presidential campaign, said the opposition he helped lead last year set in motion an effort that will eventually bring the law down.

“Some battles you can win with one clean rifle shot; other battles take time, take building that foundation,” he said. “I’m convinced that fight has laid the foundation.”

A CNN/ORC International Poll released last week indicated that more than half the public believes Obamacare has helped either their families or others across the country, although less than one in five Americans say they have personally benefited from the Affordable Care Act.

Cruz stressed that he’s “working very, very hard to win Senate seats and retire Harry Reid.”

He told the audience that it’s also up to the public to express their discontent with the law.

“If we’re going to repeal Obamacare and I’m convinced we’re going to…it’s going to come from the people saying ‘this thing isn’t working’,” he said.

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soundoff (454 Responses)
  1. PretendYoureFromMissouri

    Ted Cruz, first lead a campaign to take away permanently every Congressman's and every Senator's health care. At both the state and federal level. Then we'll discuss taking it away from the poor.

    July 30, 2014 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  2. bobthebobthex2

    why is this canadian born to cuban parents commenting on politics in america?

    July 30, 2014 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  3. mike

    75% of republicans on Obamacare like it better than whatever they had before. Well we know how they will vote. Thank you Cruz keep up the good work..

    July 30, 2014 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  4. RomneyWho

    Who is this guy? 🙁

    July 30, 2014 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  5. ahaduna

    we DO NOT need such kind of people in Canada.

    July 30, 2014 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  6. Omvny

    Cruz – did you pay back the 24 Billion for the government shutdown as yet? What will you replace Obamacare with? The GOP plan which is Die Where We Do Not See You? Is that your delusional answer?

    July 30, 2014 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  7. jasonhunt007

    Teddy, you lost get over it!

    July 30, 2014 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  8. edocol

    someone needs to repeal Ted Cruz

    July 30, 2014 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  9. Hendogo

    ..and replace it with what? The US healthcare system before wasn't working so, someone changed it. The ACA is not without it's faults, but it's better than we had. I'll be all for scrapping the law it you give me a good alternative.

    July 30, 2014 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  10. jonline

    Bloody. What a quaint Canadian word.

    July 30, 2014 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  11. tet1953

    I look at it this long as Cruz is so focused on something that will never happen he can't do a lot of damage elsewhere.

    July 30, 2014 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  12. LogicSquared

    Will Texas re-elect this embarrassment to us all (outside of Texas)? He's up for reelection in 2016. That won't be a good year for GOPT folks. Well, Texas?? Are you as crazy as Cruz is?

    July 30, 2014 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  13. David H. Thoreau

    Cruz ran for the Senate claiming his father escaped from Communist Cuba. Actually Cruz's father is on record admitting he fought for Fidel Castro and then deserted and bribed his way out of Cuba. In Short, Cruz does not tell the truth
    Cruz is backed by Big Oil and is part of the same culture that brought you Dick Cheney and the Republican love of war . Most of the explosives used in war are made of oil derivatives. The big oil companies profit in wartime. They are the force behind the merchants of death.

    July 30, 2014 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  14. Marie MD

    Please Canada take him back then once he's in your hands put him on a plane to Cuba! Make sure his crazy pastor, my son is the messiah, goes with him.
    Let's repeal this horse's behind everything, including revoking his fake US citizenship which he decided to keep now that he thinks the country will lose its collective mind and vote for him as faux president of the US.
    His crazy daddy did the same. After decades of living in the US after marrying,. living in Canada and spawning this "thing" he became a US citizen.

    July 30, 2014 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  15. Anonymous

    This man is scarey. He. ignores the entire country and demands his own personal views only.
    He attempts to force his religious beliefs via government.He attacks and disrespects fellow American's.
    He encourages existing laws be broken.
    He is deeply involved with Koch Bros and seems to be their front man.

    July 30, 2014 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  16. SweePee

    and Mr. Cruz has accomplished WHAT with his blustrous bravado?


    Mr. Cruz is in this for Mr. Cruz and NO ONE ELSE.

    July 30, 2014 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  17. GOP (Greed over Prozac)

    Cruz is going to create the 550th vote to repeal Obamacare. He has not done anything productive in Congress other than create strife.

    July 30, 2014 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  18. Dennis

    obamacare is a disaster and will only get worse when the full effect of the law is felt....Obama just keeps changing the law.... illegally I might add..... Everything he said was a lie... did not save 2500, couldn't kkep plans that they were promised....the skyrocketing costs.... It does need to be repealed

    July 30, 2014 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  19. Mo

    How about you do your job, act like a big boy and give a thoughtful adult analysis of the law and what does and does not work instead of spreading hate and misinformation. Nothing but a hate monger!

    July 30, 2014 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  20. jon

    It seems Cruz is cementing the GOP's version of "work" as attempt number 50 to repeal the ACA...pathetic

    July 30, 2014 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  21. Anonymous

    With no option in sight complete joke these Republicans

    July 30, 2014 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  22. Bruce

    This guy is a kook and needs to join Tom on the spaceship

    July 30, 2014 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  23. Floyd Schrodinger

    Repeal Cruz' mouth.

    July 30, 2014 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  24. Winston5

    That's right Ted, let's let the public decide? How many non-Fux News plants really have a problem with HEALTHCARE, you simpleton from the Simpleton State of Texas. Please keep helping the Democrats with their fundraising efforts you McCarthy throwback Canuck! (...and we're still waiting for your birth certificate sweeeetie...)

    July 30, 2014 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  25. Kevin

    Delusional. It's been a very long time since the people saying "this thing isn't working" has had any effect whatsoever on lawmakers.

    July 30, 2014 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
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